Out of Print – Ten Years: An Anthology of Stories
Editor: Indira Chandrasekhar
9789389648911 | PB | pp. 261 | 2020 | Context Westland
Out of Print – Ten Years: An Anthology of Stories commemorates some of the finest writings published in the online platform Out of Print, over the first decade of its publishing history.
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This compilation from Indira Chandrasekhar’s online short fiction portal, Out of Print, has a lot of variety — ranging from mythology to reality and satire, segregated under different heads. Commemorating 10 years of the portal, the book widens the scope of thought, imagination and realism, starting with the ‘dogma that literature is a reflection of reality’.
Stories in the mythology section, like ‘The Three Princesses of Kashi’, force you to re-examine the set narrative about the forced wedlock of Amba, Ambika and Ambalika in the epic of Mahabharata. A spoof on democracy, Altaf Tyrewala’s ‘Mischief in Neta Nagar’ gives an insight into the bitter truth about what democracy could mean to different people. All the stories — short, crisp, interesting — are worth a read.
The writings open vistas of perspective on incidents that you can relate to in your day-to-day life as a teenager, a woman, a retiree or a middle-aged person. They give the readers a licence to make their own interpretations rather than just go by the author’s thoughts. Since it is a collection of stories from different writers from diverse lands, the book keeps you engrossed. The tales nag your conscience to the core and lend an opportunity to the readers to enjoy the written word on a hard copy, rather than scroll on the laptop or mobile. Probably a pioneering work in online format started 10 years ago, and now in the form of a book, ‘Out of Print’ could well usher in a revival of short fiction.
From the review by Chandni S Chandel.
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About the Editor:
Indira Chandrasekhar started writing fiction with an increasing focus on the short story upon returning to India after more than seventeen years abroad. She has a PhD in Biophysics and, prior to committing to fiction writing, studied the dynamics of biological membranes at research institutes in India, the United States and Switzerland. She co-edited the anthology Pangea, Thames River Press, 2012. A collection of her short stories, Polymorphism, was published by HarperCollins in 2017.
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